Everyone is aware of the disgusting pre-installed bloatware that OEMs ship on new PCs. Most people never even use the majority of this junk and it ends up cluttering up a perfectly clean system.
Sadly, all evidence suggests that Windows 8 is being treated no differently by the PC Manufacturers. Byte recently looked at a bevy of new Windows 8 PCs and Acer took the award for having the most pre-installed bloatware, a whopping 50 pieces of crud:
We decided to take a look for ourselves.
Rather than pony up $99 for Microsoft’s Signature service to pre-clean the PC for us, we went to our local Best Buy and purchased a new Acer Aspire 5600U so we could see firsthand:
We first caught wind of the situation as soon as we powered it on the first time… and sat waiting on this screen for several minutes:
Once we logged in, sure enough we found ourselves affronted by a bloated mess on the start screen. If you have a weak stomach for disorganization, best avert your eyes:
Grime seeps down from the start screen onto our desktop. It even has the nerve to pin itself to our space-limited and precious task bar:
After a brief argument and subsequent coin toss to determine who was going to be the lucky recipient of the Karma generated from unbloating this beast, we plugged in our Officer Pete USB drive and ran Jumpshot …
After Jumpshot was done working its magic (including our taskbar cleaning feature which moves out of beta this week), we’re presented with a nice conversational report. Here’s a snippet of just some of the optimizations our minions performed:
After logging back into Windows, we’re greeted by a much fresher and cleaner desktop:
Our minions will disable unnecessary services, pull useless apps out of startup, and tune a variety of settings for favorable performance. You don’t just have to take our word for it, PC Magazine agrees. Though the majority of the grime on new PCs is cosmetic, we noticed a roughly 5% less resting memory footprint after running Jumpshot (click to see larger image):
Acer obviously isn’t the only manufacturer guilty of preloading bloat. You can also expect great results running Jumpshot on new PCs from other manufacturers. Our minions are fueled, in part, by crowd-driven awareness. Our knowledge of what is and what isn’t bloatware improves every time someone runs a scan.
Running Jumpshot on older systems that have accumulated loads of grime over time will obviously result in even more noticeable performance gains. After a deep cleanse, we recommend that our users rescan every few weeks to take advantage of new minion abilities, maintain their system and keep newly installed bloatware at bay.
Check back soon as we intend to share the results of a scan from the most bloated system we’ve seen across our community of users to date.